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Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac 'n Cheese

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2013
This recipe takes more steps and more pots and pans than an "easy weeknight" dish should. It uses too many packaged TM'ed industrial food products, and not enough fresh ingredients for my taste. I gave it a try but found it too bland, despite all the work/steps, and won't make it again.
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Upside-down Ham and Cheese Quiche

Reviewed: Feb. 9, 2013
Recipe error - step 1 says to cook the potatoes to make the quiche shell, but then step 4 says add the potatoes to the egg and cream?! I only realized this during cooking. Dur. But I had only used about 3/4 of one 20-oz package of hash browns. Usually I use 3 eggs and 1 cup of cream in my quiches, so this seemed like a very small amount and didn't really make up a quiche, more like a pie - and I still don't know what it would have been like had I added potatoes in step 4. Also, needs more seasoning, like onions, salt and pepper.
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Sweet Chili Lime Chicken with Cilantro Couscous

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2013
This is a tasty recipe even when the amounts of soy sauce and sugar are reduced, and is a good foundation for customizing your own sauce (and for me, adding some veggies).
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Roasted Okra

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2012
Roasting okra, who would have guessed?! I used a LOT less salt and pepper than called for - about 1/2-3/4 tsp each for 30 okra pods - and I used hickory smoked sea salt instead of plain salt. The hickory smoke flavor was beautiful with the okra. Thanks for sharing this technique! I'll be using it again and again while okra is in season.
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Easy Slow Cooker Cheesy Potatoes

Reviewed: May 30, 2012
I made a half-recipe of this, and it needs minor tweaks. I cooked on HI (not LO) for 2 hrs, and it still needed a little more. The full recipe is huge and would probably take 3-4 hours on HI. The sauce was a bit too soupy - next time I will cut the milk completely, and just add 2 Tbs of cream for the half recipe (or 1/4 cup for the full recipe), as cream thickens better. This has a really good flavor, though. I will make it again.
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"Pantry Raid" Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Reviewed: May 21, 2012
Yum. OH! I made this as a one-dish crockpot recipe and it was delicious. I used chicken breasts, not tenders, adding them raw to the seasoned tomato sauce mixture and cooking it all on LO for 3.5 hrs (less for tenders). After adding in the rest and topping with the corn muffin mix, I cooked on HI for 1.5 hours. Next time I'll add diced onion (1 sm) and 1-2 cloves minced garlic to the tomato sauce mixture, but even as is, this was great, and a keeper. Thanks for posting!
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Cucumber Raita

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2012
Good base, but I used only 1 seedless cucumber, rough chopped; cilantro instead of mint; and added 1 tsp cumin. Pretty much exactly what I wanted. Thanks for posting!
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Gourmet Thai Chicken Pizza

Reviewed: Jan. 25, 2012
Yum! A bit of work, but worth it! I found the chicken mixture salty - I'll cut the salt by half or more next time. I added 1-2 tsp of sesame oil to the "pizza sauce", subbed fish sauce for soy (more like Thai) and lime juice for the tea. Added some red bell pepper to the toppings. I used the sauce and toppings for just 1 pizza, not 2 - worked great, but I had some sauce left over. I'll add a lil more sesame oil and mix with pasta for sesame noodles (very similar recipe).
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Chicken, Cheese, and Wine

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2011
amazeballs! instead of canned mushrooms I used fresh (shitake and crimini), and instead of cheddar I used what I had on hand (leftover chunk of asiago + some fontina) and cooked for 40 minutes (NOT 90!), and it was so yummy! The sauce ends up the consistency of broth, NOT creamy, but the sauce was absolutely delicious. This recipe is a keeper and is going into my rotation. Thanks for sharing Fernando D'Agostino!
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Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
Wow, what a flavorful sauce! To avoid the missing salt others noted, I just salted the water that I cooked the beans in. This prevented any salt problem. Instead of garlic salt, I borrowed others' tips and sauteed minced garlic and shallot in the butter (I cut the butter in half and added 1 T of olive in), then added the tomatoes, basil and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. I used a TON more basil than called for - 2-3 TABLEspoons, not 1.5 teaspoons. This made an incredibly flavorful sauce. I added the beans and cooked in the sauce, stirring often, for about 2 minutes. I think this recipe would be great at room temperature also, so it would be good for entertaining as a make-ahead dish. THANKS FOR THIS RECIPE, I L*O*V*E it!
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Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2010
Wow, what a flavorful sauce! To avoid the missing salt others noted, I just salted the water that I cooked the beans in. This prevented any salt problem. Instead of garlic salt, I borrowed others' tips and sauteed minced garlic and shallot in the butter (I cut the butter in half and added 1 T of olive in), then added the tomatoes, basil and 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. I used a TON more basil than called for - 2-3 TABLEspoons, not 1.5 teaspoons. This made an incredibly flavorful sauce. I added the beans and cooked in the sauce, stirring often, for about 2 minutes. I think this recipe would be great at room temperature also, so it would be good for entertaining as a make-ahead dish. THANKS FOR THIS RECIPE, I L*O*V*E it!
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No-Guilt Zesty Ranch Dip

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
Outstanding but even better without the horseradish. I left it out by accident, tasted and it was amazing. Then I remembered the horseradish (which I really like, by the way), added it and tasted again - not quite as amazing, which was surprising. Next time I'll just leave that out. Thanks a ton for this great recipe! (PS I used all full-fat ingredients.)
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Buffalo Chicken Fingers

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
OMG yum! with a couple small modifications - use Panko for a real restaurant-like crust, and double the breadcrumb recipe. When a couple minutes of cook time remain, toss the fingers in sauce (1 part butter or marg melted with 2 parts Franks or your favorite buffalo sauce), pop back in the oven for the remaining cook time, and voila, you'll never need to go out for buffalo tenders again. THANK YOU for this recipe! UPDATE: the cold leftover fingers are awesome, either by themselves or on a sandwich. Yum! make a double recipe just to have the leftovers.
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Oven Fresh Seasoned Potato Wedges

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
Great seasonings, but the cooking technique needs a tiny bit of tweaking: either par-boil the potato wedges for 7 mins as another reviewer suggested, or cook for a good bit longer - like 45 minutes - really, until brown and toasty bits appear. Second, definitely use Pam or other spray on the baking sheet first. But great recipe! Thanks.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
Love this recipe! I used frozen chicken thighs - its tough to find a recipe that works well for thighs with all their weird shapes and parts, but this one is perfect, since you shred the chicken. Dropped them in frozen and timing was still perfect. I did amp up the spices, using 6 tablespoons of taco seasoning, and then adding about 1/2 tsp each of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Also added around 1 tsp of onion flakes. I think I will just double the raw onion next time instead. Also, drain all the beans to keep this from getting too soupy. Thanks a ton for sharing this recipe - I love it!
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Beer Margaritas

Reviewed: Dec. 11, 2009
A tiny bit on the sweet side for me so I added 1 - 1 1/2 tsp of lime juice per glass (2-3 tablespoons, if you're doing the whole batch at once, or 1 to 1 1/2 fresh limes). All this recipe needs is a fancier name. Will definitely keep this one in my bar rotation. Cheers!
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Spicy Beef Vegetable Stew

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
YUM! I used beef stew cubes (next time I will just throw in the crockpot raw, rather than brown first, to get the juices, fat and flavor into the stew), and I did not brown the onion, just put it in raw into the crockpot. I used part broth, part water - next time I will cut the total amount by about half, or maybe use only 1 1/2 cups broth and omit the water, as it's a little soupy. Serve with sour cream on top, if you like your soup a little creamy. My hubs and I loved this with freshly made garlic toast.
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Easy Indian Style Okra

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
This is very close to the bohni bindhi I used to get at my fave Indian restaurant. Soaking the okra in vinegar for 20 mins does add a slight vinegar flavor, but for me this was true to the flavor I was getting (and loving!) in the restaurant. I added two tomatoes, cut into 8 large chunks each, increased the spices and added 1 T garam masala. The longer you cook the more the sliminess disappears - cook for the full 20 minutes to eliminate. Served with raita and chicken tikka masala (recipe on this site) for a truly fabulous at-home Indian meal. Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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Chicken Tikka Masala

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
GREAT recipe that I hope can be simplified a little with equal taste, as the yogurt marination is a lot of work. I will try sprinkling my whole chicken breasts (not chopped into pieces) with lemon juice, and let sit for 5-10 minutes while grill or grill pan heats. Then dust chicken heavily with the rest of the marinating spice mixture and grill til done. Let cool, chop into bit size pieces and add to the masala sauce. For the sauce, I like a little more heat so I double the jalapeno and add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne to the masala sauce, otherwise it is a rich and savory but not spicy sauce. I also added to the sauce: 1-2 tsp ground ginger; 1 tsp garam masala; used only 1/2 tsp of salt; and like others I increased the amount of tomato sauce to taste. Next time I will add 1-2" of fresh shredded ginger root (saving some for garnish), and will definitely make a double batch of the sauce to freeze half for future use.
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Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Reviewed: Dec. 8, 2009
Very good recipe but could use a hair more flavor. I baked mine (no pan frying at all) at 350 for 30 minutes, after dipping in milk then rolling in the bread crumbs. Next time I will double the jalapenos, and also add some garlic salt and/or onion powder to the cheese mixture. I will also dust the outside with garlic salt, to get a little more flavor out of this dish, but the recipe is a great starting point and probably great for those with less heat-tolerance.
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